“I want money for my son. I want him to go to one of the best schools in Delhi to get a good education and become a gentleman,” the 28-year-old says . Queues outside surrogacy centers in the NCR show that for many young women lacking education and professional skills, surrogacy seems a path to a better life, no matter what. the risks and the pain – not the least of which is to separate from the babies they hope to have.
Vasudha, 24, agreed to become a surrogate when she learned that there was “a lot of money” in it. She carries the twins of an American couple.
It’s only been two months, but she is impatiently awaiting the Rs 50,000 bonus that she will get to deliver them. If all goes well – no Caesarean – she might agree to be a surrogate mother again.
Reshma and Vasudha are staying at the Vansh Surrogacy Center, a new home for surrogate mothers in Gurgaon. They benefit from free accommodation, food and medical assistance during their pregnancy. But many other surrogates stay at home and only come to the hospital for check-ups.
âThere is an agent who arranges the trip and other supports,â said Surekha, who was unable to carry the baby to term the first time but was successful on her second surrogacy attempt.
Surekha’s husband is a home keeper and they have two children. She will get Rs 75,000 to take care of herself during pregnancy and Rs 2 lakh more when she gives birth. She plans to buy a property with the money.
Soni, a 27-year-old from West Bengal, became a surrogate mother for an Australian couple three years ago and wants to become a surrogate mother again. “Three years ago the rate was Rs 2.75 lakh, but now it has risen to Rs 3.5 lakh. I will rest for a few months before starting the process again,” she said.
Sometimes even educated women who have gone through difficult times become surrogate mothers. Rama, who is in her seventh month of pregnancy, is a graduate and speaks fluent English. She chose to become a surrogate mother after her husband, who works for a private company, suffered losses and his family did not support them.
She is wearing for an Australian couple without children and will be paid around Rs 4 lakh on delivery. “I will use the money to get my family out of the financial crisis. I also want a good education for my son, and I will keep some of the money for him,” she said. She is also considering starting a beauty salon in the same area.
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